Wife of the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, Betsy has warned that hunger and not the novel coronavirus would kill many Nigerians if care was not taken.
She cautioned against the diversion of relief materials meant for the vulnerable in the society.
Besty Obaseki spoke when she handed over some relief materials from the state government to representatives of various groups in Benin City, the state capital.
She pleaded with the representatives not to be greedy and give in to any temptation to hoard the items for personal use or even give them out to those who can afford it.
She said, “These relief materials are meant only for the vulnerable in the society, it is not meant for those who can afford full lockdown in their homes.
“If we are careful coronavirus will not kill too many people in this country, but if we are not careful it is hunger that will kill people.
“That is why the government is taking these steps to do what they have to do.”
Among the items the governor’s wife distributed were bags of rice, bags of beans, garri, noodles, oil, puree, millet, seasoning, soaps and detergent.
The governor’s wife called on well-to-do people in the state to emulate the government and also lend a helping hand to the vulnerable around them.
Meanwhile, the State Commissioner for Social Development and Gender, Maria Edekor, said the beneficiaries of the relief packages are the elderly, returnees, people living with disabilities, prison inmates, children in correctional centres, rehabilitation centres and orphanage homes.